Published on 15 November 2021
Jay Thompson, 13th Prototype in Saint-François: “Magical to finish with such a welcome”
Jay Thompson (936) crossed the finish line of the second leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef in 13th place in the Prototype fleet this Sunday 14 November at 23h 56min 04s (UTC). In this way, the skipper of #CocoTopia took 16 days 09 hours 56 minutes and 09 seconds to complete the 2,700 miles of the course between Santa Cruz de La Palma and Saint-François. His combined race time for the two legs equates to 27 days 03 hours 03 minutes 49 seconds.
“It’s magical to finish with such a welcome! It’s shocking even, after 17 days at sea alone, but it’s great. I wasn’t expecting that. Right to the last, I stayed focused on my objective of sailing, getting the boat making headway as fast and cleanly as possible. I didn’t think about the finish in Saint-François for an instant. It was only when I entered the channel into the marina that I began to realise that there were so many people and such an ambiance. It’s fantastic. I’ve worked hard on my boat for the past two years. It took a lot of time and energy to manage to build the boat and take the start of the race. I’m obviously fantastically happy to get to the end of this project today, even though I’ve had quite a few minor issues here and there like those related to the foil casings or the keel fairing. The experience was all-encompassing! I was hoping for better in terms of ranking but above all I’m happy to finish! I don’t know what I’m going to do next. I’ll take some time to mull it over and then we’ll see, but I’ve ticked this one off!”